The Frequency of Regulatory Suspensions in the 21st Century

Do Republican and Democratic Presidents Use Regulatory Suspensions at Different Rates?
July 13, 2021

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Regulatory suspensions are tools for presidents to delay the effective or compliance dates of the prior administration’s rules. Analyzing regulatory data from the Federal Register, we demonstrate how the use of regulatory suspensions has varied from the presidencies of George W. Bush to Joe Biden. We find that Republican presidents utilize regulatory suspensions at a higher rate than their Democratic counterparts. In the 21st century, President Trump employed regulatory suspensions at the highest rate, while President Obama used them least frequently.

Figure Two: Agencies with the Most Regulatory Suspensions by President

Number of Regulatory Suspensions Per Agency, per Administration graph